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Taranaki Stories

These stories capture the very essence of Taranaki – the people and the landscape.
They record the achievements of those who live here, the struggles of the first settlers, the determination to overcome challenges, those who have made their mark on not only their own, but also future generations.
But the stories are not just about hardship – they are also inspiring, thrilling, mystifying, enlightening and entertaining.
 
 

 

Taranaki Stories

Showing stories tagged as Parihaka.

Cape Egmont Lighthouse

by Virginia Winder on 17 December 2009

A fairytale figure with a wizard-like beard is the last keeper of the Cape Egmont Lighthouse. But these days, Bryan Richards is the keeper of the tower's story, not its light. The Welshman's skills became redundant in 1986 when he was replaced by an automatic light. He was 55. Instead of moving on from the navigational lifesaver, Bryan (72) and his wife Janet (65) retired on the land...

The Plunder of Parihaka

by Virginia Winder on 07 December 2009

In a Taranaki dawn as colourless as a black-and-white photograph, hundreds of fighting men scramble to dress in the gloom. More than 1500 volunteers and members of the Armed Constabulary slide swords into sheaths, pistols into pouches and throw rifles over shoulders. Some harness horses. Each man has 40 extra rounds of ammunition and enough rations to last two days. As the sun rises on 5...

Pacifist of Parihaka – Te Whiti o Rongomai

by Virginia Winder on 03 December 2009

Imagine a leader so inspiring he is able to encourage men with warrior hearts to stand up for their rights, while laying down their weapons. Picture this same man convincing 2000 people to welcome battle-thirsty soldiers into their village, and even offer them food and drink. Even more surprising is how this peaceful leader allows himself and his people to be arrested without showing the...

Historian Relives Road to Parihaka

by Virginia Winder on 04 November 2009

One hundred years on from the 1881 invasion of Parihaka, a university student named Hazel Riseborough stands amid a sea of hurting people. "The grief of the people was palpable and I wondered at the gap between the reality and the meagre accounts in the history books used in schools and universities," she writes in her revised version of Days of Darkness, released in 2002. In person, she...

Scott: Parihaka Reports Go Too Far

by Virginia Winder on 04 November 2009

Ask That Mountain author Dick Scott believes people are now exaggerating the story of Parihaka. "It's too one-sided now," he says. "A huge amount of stuff has been done about Parihaka that's made it much worse than it really was." Parihaka is famous as a place of passive resistance; a stance led by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi who advocated the use of non-violent tactics to keep Maori...

Dick Scott outlines own Parihaka Journey

by Virginia Winder on 04 November 2009

The man who wrote Ask That Mountain first learnt about Parihaka when he was bed-bound and bored. "I was sick in bed, desperate for reading material and I had a law report - a big grey boring thing," says Dick Scott, remembering back to the early 1950s. The 80-year-old history writer can't recall if he had mumps or measles, but does know he was struck by a childhood illness when aged about 30...